Ladyjacks Edge Lamar
Oct. 31, 2008
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Senior Amanda Alders returned from a first-half injury to score the game-winning goal Friday night in Stephen F. Austin's 1-0 win over Lamar. The goal came in the 60th minute and broke a 196-minute scoring drought for the Ladyjacks.
With the victory, SFA improves to 8-7-1 on the season and 5-2-1 in Southland Conference play, while Lamar falls to 3-11-1 overall and 1-6-1 in league action.
The win keeps the Ladyjacks in a tie for third place in the SLC standings. SFA came into Friday's game as part of a three-team tie with UTSA and Northwestern State. The Roadrunners defeated Central Arkansas to hold on to a share of the third spot, but Northwestern State fell off the pace with a loss at Texas State.
SFA was coming off a scoreless tie at Northwestern State last Sunday. Prior to Alders' goal Friday night, the Ladyjacks had not found the net since Kesia Broome's scoring strike in the 65th minute of SFA's win at Central Arkansas two games ago.
Friday night, missed opportunities haunted the Ladyjacks in the early going, as they out-shot Lamar, 10-1 in the first period and held a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal, but had nothing to show for it at the break.
"Good teams keep fighting, and we weren't scoring, but we stayed patient and came away with the result," SFA head coach George Van Linder said.
Alders, who left the lineup in the first half after a collision with a Cardinal player, finally connected on one of her five shots in the middle of the second half. She took a pass from Brooke Kocian and dribbled in from the left side. As the Lamar 'keeper came out to meet the play, Alders beat her with a high shot toward the far post.
The goal was Alders' sixth of the season -- second on the team -- and moved her into the season points lead with 15 total. Alders, who is SFA's all-time scoring leader, now has 89 points and 37 goals in her four seasons on campus.
For the game, SFA finished with a 23-2 advantage in shots and a 10-2 edge in shots on goal. The Ladyjacks earned nine corner kick opportunities to two for the Cardinals.
SFA goalkeeper Courtney Bauder (8-6-1) recorded two saves in 90 minutes of action.
The Ladyjacks will wrap up the regular season Sunday at 1 p.m., when they host McNeese State on Senior Day. The Cowgirls were undefeated and tops in the SLC coming into their game Friday at Sam Houston State, but the Bearkats registered a 3-0 win over McNeese, moving the Cowgirls' SLC record to 6-1-1. An SFA win on Sunday would land the Ladyjacks, at worst, a share of a three-team tie for second place in the conference, pending the outcome of UTSA's Sunday game against Northwestern State.
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